March 8, 2010

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Ulster tops state bear harvest

ALBANY – More bears were taken during 2009 in Ulster County than in any other county in New York.

Statewide, hunters took 1,487 black bears last year with the highest number in any county 128 taken in Ulster County.

There were 106 bears shot in Sullivan County, 79 in Delaware County, 73 in Greene County, and 71 in Orange County.

The 2009 bear harvest in New York was the second highest ever recorded in the state only exceeded by the 2003 record.

“With bear population numbers growing in New York, it’s no surprise that bear harvest numbers grew last hunting system,” said state DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis. “DEC is committed to working with our many partners to help manage the bear population in a way that is beneficial for recreation, which also protective of communities.”


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